The young 20-year-old Nordic striker already shines at Lille, his new team after signing him from Kopenhagen, where he exited in the last Champions League
His physical and technical resemblance to the ball inevitably makes him compare to Antoine Griezmann
Despite its geography and population, has only 300,000 inhabitants, Iceland is probably one of the countries where the youngest football stars triumph on the international stage per square kilometre. The most striking example is the recent participation of his selection sub-19 in the European category championship held in Malta. Well, the latest big name promising to mark an era in football in that country is that of Hákon Arnar Haraldsson.
The 20-year-old striker already shines at Lille despite still being in the preseason. In Paulo Fonseca’s men’s latest friendly, Haraldsson scored three of the seven goals the French side signed for Belgian Círculo Bruges. And it is that Haraldsson has football in his blood, since his whole family has practiced this sport. His parents did it years ago and now his two brothers are accompanying him on the adventure playing for Valur Reikjavík and the French club’s affiliates respectively.
The young Icelandic, who is already international with his team, playing eleven games and scoring one goal, stands out for his versatility and offensive versatility, being able to play in any position, from centre-forward to midfielder, via attacking midfielder or one or the other winger. In Kopenhagen they know their technique well. He arrived in 2019 when he left home and has since scored nine goals as well as handing out oreight assists in 58 games played for the Danes, experts in promoting young talent and obtaining income for them in the form of sales. In the last Champions League he came out against Sevilla, Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund where he played a great game.
The precociousness with which Hákon Arnar Haraldsson already shines in the elite has made it inevitable that he will be compared to other players. The easiest is to do it with his compatriot Eidur Gudjohnsen due to his physiognomy, but there are already experts who say that this will be the new Antoine Griezmann due to various similarities that both players have in common. Among them are its capabilities define in front of goal, his vision of the game, his handling of the ball, his defensive commitment and getting down to receiving the ball in more backward positions such as midfield or even between central defenders.
Haraldsson is still very young and his technique needs to improve considerably, but if nothing goes wrong he is bound to make a name for himself on the international stage